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noun Psychiatry.
  1. a mental disorder in which one believes oneself to be an animal.
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Origin of zoanthropy

1855–60; zo- + -anthropy < New Latin -anthrōpia < Greek; see anthropo-, -y3
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Word Origin and History for zoanthropy


form of mania in which a man imagines himself to be another type of beast, 1856, from Modern Latin zoanthropia, from Greek zoion "animal" (see zoo) + anthropos "man" (see anthropo-).

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zoanthropy in Medicine


  1. A delusion that one is an animal.
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